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Old 06-19-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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Had some work bench time

waiting for some solvent soaked chainsaw chains to dry up, and did some work on my Colt's barrel hood. I lightly dremel'd away the wear marks and then fine sanded/polished away the dremel marks and the hood looks vastly improved.

Now I'm thinking I want to go a step further and jewel the hood. Like this:



If I can figure out what tool to use that I already have, this might be fun.
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that is pretty cool looking.



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Old 06-21-2015, 01:08 AM   #3
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Wink Wow!!!

I like the looks of that!! Nice!!!

I'd find something to practice on for a while before committing to your barrel. Maybe you could pick up a trashed/shot out barrel at a gun show. If you mess up on that, you won't feel bad. However, if you do an oops on your barrel, let's just say that you won't be a happy camper!!!

Just a suggestion!! Be sure to let us know how it comes out.
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Looks good, nice work!
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I've been thinking about this and I just don't have the means to do this. At least not to my satisfaction. Maybe something else that doesn't have the jig and machine precision look.
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Here's a video of what is entailed in doing a proper job.


Maybe Larry will do mine. I've been a customer of his for many many years.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:50 AM   #7
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jewel the hood
Jewel the 'hood? Man, we got a ghetto on our south-side and every one of those pimps and bangers has jewels from head to foot--even on their teeth. It looks creepier than hell, I'd advise against it.

What does look nice on a gun is engine turning. You can get the necessary tools from Brownells. See link below.

Jewel the hood. Yikes, why not just stick a feather in your fedora and buy a mink coat...

http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...t-prod609.aspx
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Originally Posted by montanaResident View Post
Here's a video of what is entailed in doing a proper job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2ggYjdzfsg

Maybe Larry will do mine. I've been a customer of his for many many years.
That technique is really cool...I say go for it...

I'll pick out a barrel of mine that you can do when you finish yours...
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Jewel the 'hood? Man, we got a ghetto on our south-side and every one of those pimps and bangers has jewels from head to foot--even on their teeth. It looks creepier than hell, I'd advise against it.

What does look nice on a gun is engine turning. You can get the necessary tools from Brownells. See link below.

Jewel the hood. Yikes, why not just stick a feather in your fedora and buy a mink coat...

http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...t-prod609.aspx

A "jeweled" bolt has been the mark of a fine rifle for a good many years. To me, it would also be the mark of a fine handgun if the barrel hood were "jeweled" in the same manner. It would be visible through the ejection port, and would definitely add class to the pistol, IMO.

I believe that this is a job that could easily be done on a CNC machine of some sort. It would only take a CNC machine a matter of minutes to do the same work that is taking the man with the indexer hours to complete.

It's an idea for some of you machinists out there to consider. Perhaps you could lease a small, used, CNC Lathe and start a business in your garage. I'll bet you would have no trouble at all finding customers for handguns and rifles.

If I was a lot younger, I'd certainly look into the idea . . .

ETA: Oh, you might also need a small centerless, or O.D. grinder.



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